Tononi Model Cello

Tononi Model Cello

My copy of a poplar Tononi that was in the shop for restoration. I liked the bold edge work and lashings of delicious red Venetian varnish on this cello.  The model is slightly more compact than the Ruggieri that I usually make.   In...
New small cello on a skeleton mold

New small cello on a skeleton mold

Here comes the latest Guadagnini model, cello!  With a body length of 710 mm and a string length of only 669 mm it is the quintessential small cello. These cellos are ideal for players with small hands or those who no longer want to work so hard getting around their...
VSA 2014 – Silver Medal for Cello Tone

VSA 2014 – Silver Medal for Cello Tone

Violin Society of America holds an annual conference and every second year the conference is combined with an international violin making competition. This week long event is a great place to pick up inspiration for new things to try, to look for answers to questions...
Small cellos – why size matters

Small cellos – why size matters

Cello size is an interesting topic. Players come in a wide range of sizes,and typical adult hand spans (including both men and women) range from 7.5″ to 9.5″, a variation of 27%. Yet the “acceptable” string lengths for a full sized cello run from 685mm – 697mm, a...